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First Day — Aug 07, 2018

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

APS SPONSORS MEETING

Artesia Public Schools activity, booster and PTO club sponsors and representatives will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the APS Administration Building.

LITERACY COUNCIL

The Artesia Literacy Council office is open for registration and testing for the new year. Stop by to register or update information on file. A new evaluation method is being utilized to help better identify educational needs. Day and evening classes are available in pre-GED, ESL, basic literacy and citizenship. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

LITERACY TUTORS

The Artesia Literacy Council in in need of volunteer tutors. Need not speak Spanish or any other language to tutor. A commitment of one to two hours per week is all that is needed. Certify online. To volunteer or for more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

SCHOOL BOARD

The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a regular board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

LAKE ARTHUR REUNION

All Lake Arthur High School graduates are invited to a school reunion at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Hotel Artesia and TBA Saturday, Sept. 1. For more information, contact Maria Ledezma Almanza at 748-4905.

QUARTERBACK CLUB

The Artesia Quarterback Club meets at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Bulldog Bowl field house. All men are welcome to come support the football program.

AHS VOLLEYBALL CAMP

Volleyball camp for all Artesia High School girls, grades 10-12, interested in playing volleyball this year will be held from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 6-10, at Bulldog Pit.

SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS

Vaccines will be provided at no cost for children up to age 18 from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 at the Artesia Public Health Office, 1001 Memorial Drive. No appointment necessary; bring child’s shot record and an insurance card. For more information, call 746-9819, ext. 4.

MEET THE TEACHER

The Artesia Public Schools’ “Meet the Teacher Day” for Yucca Elementary will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8

AHS SCHEDULE PICK-UP

Schedule pick-up for Artesia High School sophomores will be held from 8 a.m. – noon Wednesday, Aug. 8. Open House for Artesia High School will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14.

PARK VOLLEYBALL CAMP

Volleyball camp for all Park Junior High School girls, grades 8-9, interested in playing volleyball this year will be held from 8-10 a.m. (eighth-grade girls) and 10 a.m. – noon (freshman girls) Tuesday – Thursday, Aug. 7-9, at Park.

ZIA SCHEDULE PICK-UP

Zia Intermediate School students may pick up their schedules from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 8-9 in the main office. Students must have a parent or guardian with them and all contact information must be updated before schedules are issued. Office staff will be present to assist. Students entering seventh grade must have had their T-Dap vaccination prior to picking up schedules. Sixth-grade students will also be able to purchase PE shirts and shorts from the PTO.

HELPERS CLUB

The August meeting of the Helpers Club of San Pedro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. The annual Hawaiian Watermelon Party will be held at 2:30 p.m. that day in the center’s dining room. All members and interested persons are urged to attend. For more information, contact 365-7244.

HAMBURGER FRY

The Artesia Quarterback Club is selling tickets for its annual hamburger fry for $5 each. The hamburger fry will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Bulldog Bowl. Tickets may also be purchased at the Bowl.

TEEN FANDOM CLUB

Teens ages 13-18 are invited to enjoy discussing different fandoms and fanfiction from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Artesia Public Library. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

MISSOULA PERFORMANCES

Participants in the Missoula Children’s Theatre camp will present “Robin Hood” at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and may be purchased online at http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC box office, 746-4212.

CASA GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Eddy County CASA For the Kids Benefit Golf Tournament will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Saturday, Aug. 11, at Riverside Country Club in Carlsbad. Cost is $300 per four-person team and includes greens and cart fees. Dinner and auction will begin at 6 p.m. at the Pecos River Village Conference Center. Different sponsorship levels are also available. To register or for more information, contact Eddy County CASA at 575-887-5966.

AAC MEMBERSHIP BRUNCH

The Artesia Arts Council will host its 74th Annual Membership Meeting and Brunch at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the 510 Building, 510 W. Main St. The event will feature an artist reception, breakfast burrito bar, and mimosa bar. Cost is $25 per person; all are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, call 746-4212.

DAUGHTERS OF PROMISE

Daughters of Promise, a community-wide women’s fellowship, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Catalyst Church, 1302 W. Hermosa Drive. Free childcare provided. For more information, contact Melissa Boone at 703-4954.

WORKSHOP SERIES

“Put Your Dreams to the Test,” a workshop series and guided goal-setting session with John Maxwell, will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 and 21 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $50, all materials included. Register online at http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or via the OPAC box office, 746-4212

LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY

All ladies are invited to participate in a lunch-hour Bible study covering the books of Joshua and Judges from noon – 1 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Aug. 16 and continuing through Nov. 8, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.

YOUTH FOOTBALL

The City of Artesia will accept registrations for youth football through Friday, Aug. 17. Cost is $35 per child for grades 1-2 and 3-4 flag football, and $75 per child for grades 5-6 tackle football. For more information, contact recreation specialist Adam Leachman at 616-3254 or [email protected]. Forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St.

FALL FIESTA

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church will hold its Fall Fiesta from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Guadalupe Park. The event will feature a live band, kids’ talent show, food and games.

AUGUST BLOOD DRIVES

United Blood Services will hold two blood drives during the month of August, from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Hagerman High School commons area; and from 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in the Artesia Senior Center conference room. For more information, contact Stephanie Seabrease at 625-9743 or visit http://www.unitedbloodservices.org.

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

Registration for Community Bible Study is now open. Email [email protected]. The 2018-19 study will be the book of Acts. Child classes are available. CBS will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at First Baptist Church beginning Aug. 28.

MUSEUM HANDS-ON EXHIBIT

“Everything Old is New in Technology,” a hands-on early technology exhibit, is on display now through Aug. 31 at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. The exhibit features six hands-on stations with which visitors can experiment. For more information, call 748-2390.

ART IN THE PARK BOOTHS

Booth spaces are now available for the Artesia Arts Council’s annual Art in the Park event, set for Saturday, Oct. 20, at Central Park. Spaces are $75. To register or for more information, contact Melonie at 746-4212.

SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH

The Artesia Moose Lodge, 2701 W. Main St., will serve lunch to senior citizens at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Any donations go to Meals on Wheels.

AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP

The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 611 N. First St., is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The shop is no longer offering bag sales. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.

ON THE MOVE DONATIONS

All donations to On the Move must be clean and in working order. Clothing should be washed and folded in boxes or bags, or on hangers. Nothing is to be left outside the building. Outreach Center hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. If another drop-off time is needed, call 513-0398 to arrange one.

SNMCAC ASSISTANCE

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation would like to inform Artesia-area residents that assistance is available with rent, utilities and prescriptions with a complete, approved application. Applications are available from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays at the SNMCAC Building, 1313 Gilchrist Ave. Ask for Bonnie.

ENGLISH CLASS

A free English as a second language class will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive. For more information, call 308-4700.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is seeking volunteers/docents to help with tasks such as watching over the gallery, answering phones, taking messages, straightening up, etc. Volunteers can receive discounts on tickets, workshops, classes, etc. For more information, contact Laurie at the OPAC, 746-4212 or [email protected].

TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a weight-loss group that meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Senior Center. The group offers lessons on good nutrition and losing weight. Need not be a Senior Center member to attend. For more information, call 736-0250.

AUTISM SUPPORT

A support group is being formed for families of children with autism. For more information, contact Jessica at 420-1391 or Eric at 420-0059.

YOGA CLASSES

Adult yoga classes for all skill levels are held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Kids’ Yoga from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for a drop-in class or $80 for a 10-class package. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

STAINED GLASS CLASSES

Openings are now available for adults wishing to learn the art of stained glass. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Felipe at 308-9112.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT

Artesia General Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group from 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the AGH Senior Care Unit dining room (enter via AGH Human Resources entrance off of 13th Street; ring bell of Senior Care Unit for admission). Refreshments are served. Families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or those wishing to learn more about the diseases, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 736-8175.

PLACED BY GRACE

A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.

GRIEF SHARE

Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.

SENIOR BINGO

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312 W. Kemp Ave. Rides are available. For more information, call David any time, day or night, at 602-9210.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4-5 p.m. Sundays at 505 W. Richey Ave.